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Latest Reviews of Clubman Special Reserve

This is cloying and not pleasant. Quite sweet to my nose. Can't scrub this stuff off my hands. It smells like Cola and dirty diaper. I like classic barbershop type stuff but this is what an old fella who can't stand up in his shower any longer douses his head with.
24th February 2023
Decided to top up a Blade and Shaving Cream order with a big plastic bottle of this.
Glad, I did as it carries all the fond Masculine scent characteristics of Green and Brown Bitterness of Herbs, Leather and Resins. It is reminiscent, for me, of Leonard Pour Homme in the way it draws my attention to Late Fall
"All the Leaves are Brown...."
After a few minutes on the skin a spicy caramel warms my heart.
For the price and due to it's rather short overt performance, it's a no brainer to slather it thick. Hey! it's an Aftershave. Whatya expect.
Lovely and Nostalgic!

Thumbs up!
5th February 2021

Rich darkish leather - this is one this one starts off. A dark and serious leather, bit not harsh and with a certain smoothness, but not having really any suede characteristics. I do not get any any tar or gasoline here, but what I get is a beautiful darkish oak moss that merges with the leather beautifully. Whiffs if labdanum are also present. Imagine an attenuated version of Knize Ten without any tar or gasoline.

Other nuances develop in the drydown. Starting with slightly minty undertones, some spices develop - sit and slightly sweet cloves mainly with touches of brandy butter.

I get moderate sillage, good projection and four hours of longevity on my skin.

A delight in leather - an autumnal leather that is unusual in combining a dark and serious leather with a sublime sweetish softness al a later stage. The longevity is poor, but acceptable for and After Shave - this is the only form this is sold in. 3.75/5.
28th September 2020
Pinaud Clubman Special Reserve, In a nutshell a real mans scent. Leather, cedar, clove, Sen Sen mints (for those old enough to remember)and almost a hint of butterscotch. This is what the boss of a speakeasy would smell like, sitting in a over stuffed leather chair wearing a fedora chewing on cigar sipping scotch. What Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca would have smelled like. It's raw, an in your face punch in the jaw scent that mellows out to a spicy warm leather. This is one that you will either love or hate.
I for one love it.
11th September 2018
Nobody knows who made this, and nobody knows when it came out, but by gosh this is one Hell of a leather! I honestly would have never pegged this as a Pinaud "plastic bottle" drugstore scent if it was decanted and given to me as a sample! Clubman Pinaud Special Reserve gets a lot of hype, and I'm notoriously against hype, as it usually conflagrates expectations to the point that something can't possibly meet them, but I will say that this is one rare case where the hype is actually deserved. There's a lot of talk that this is "uber macho" and a "real man's scent, unapologetic and unforgiving" blah blah blah, which is one part of the hype which I don't buy into, at all. Special Reserve is still a $9 Clubman Pinaud fragrance in a plastic bottle, so it has a little higher sillage and performance than the usual Clubman, but still just about average at most. What one does get in this humble plastic bottle is a deep, dry, aromatic leather scent that rests somewhere between the petrol leathers inspired by Knize Ten (1924) and the green leather chypres of the 70's like Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme (1978)

Clubman Pinaud Special Reserve opens with aldehydes that rush in a rough, dark, rawhide leather. There's prerequisite bergamot here, but it's not dressed in lemon or mandarin orange, and just adds to the intense leather opening with it's bitter brutality. This fat aldehydic leather is eventually followed with cedar, basil and sage. The base is relatively simple, with oakmoss, cistus labadanum, and vetiver. There is almost nothing sweet here, not even one iota outside whatever animalic sweetness the petrol leather note gives. The scent holds no punches, and goes in swinging with leather, herbs, and a tart chypre base all in one fell swoop. The only bit of complaint here is the slight linearity of it, since the stuff shows it's hand early then just rests on it's strengths with little development, very brute-force, which might be the reason for the "macho" claims from other reviewers. I do get a bit of correlation with Bogart Eau de Toilette Pour Homme/Signature (1975) now and then, but haven't smelled "Vintage" Tabaróme by Creed (1875) to confirm that this is like it.

Clubman Pinaud Special Reserve is the ultimate guilty pleasure for the intense leather fan, because unlike most of the breed's best creations, Special Reserve isn't some long-discontinued overpriced unicorn driven up another $50 every time someone gives it a good review on Basenotes (I'm onto you jerks), or a rarefied niche creation that makes you feel guilt for spraying away the price of a Starbucks coffee with each milliliter you apply. Instead, we get a dry, uncompromisingly authentic leather that can be splashed with utter abandon since it's cheaper than a bottle of Avon from Aunt May. Granted, we're only looking at maybe 5 hours of wear time and with barely moderate sillage, but something this unfettered is best enjoyed in small doses and in personal spaces rather than amongst the public unawares. If you really need a leather of this type but of significant power, there's always something like the vintage English Leather (1949), Peau d'Espagne (1902), or vintage Bel Ami (1986), but none of those are easy or cheap options for a little extra projection and wear time, so just reapply the Pinaud. Impressive leather smell for the price and definitely one of the best Pinauds, deserving of it's fanbase!
21st August 2018
Finally! Thank God! after trying so many fragrances that want you so much to like them (and for others to like them), here comes something that doesn't give a damn whether you like it or not.

I grew up in the 90's. I was 20 in 2000. I got the full-on metrosexual experience. I'm glad honestly. It made me a man ready for modern times. But the fragrances! CK One was a one size fits all and it was everywhere. I never cared for it and the sweet on sweet scents that followed long after.

Pinaud Clubman Special Reserve is the antidote to all that. It is a MAN scent that doesn't pull any punches. You get tobacco, leather with a capital L, cedar. It comes together as something rather dark and smokey. There's a sweetness in there, but it's elusive. It isn't going to charm you in the way you expect. It doesn't come to you. You come to it.

I don't think there is a woman on earth that would wear this. But many will like it very much. They'll appreciate you taking a stand for your masculinity, especially if you show courtesy in your behavior. I can see wearing this as a rather nice gentleman as being a one-two punch that'll drive a woman wild.
7th July 2018
The best of the Pinaud line. For a cologne it has great longevity. Very heavy on the leather and spice. Proper old school man smell. Not one I wear everyday but when I do it makes me want to go hunting with my bare hands!!
2nd October 2017
If you're a man interested in masculine scents... drop a few bucks on this one and keep it by the sink where the shaving gets done... you know, right alongside the 4711, the Tabac Original, the Tabacco 1800, the Old Spice, and your favorite bay rhum. If you grow weary of it, pass it along to a family member.

Some things needn't be thought too much about and this is one of those.
24th October 2016
I really enjoy their Virgin Island Bay Rum product so this one got a try as well. Its powerful and heavy on the leather note with a cheap citrus blast up front. This seems to be an extra strong version of regular clubman which is an all time best seller AS for barber supply companies.

Its inexpensive, if bang for the dollar were the key measurement it would rate very high. To me it smelled very synthetic, cheap and loud. I tried but could not wear it. To date its the only scent that I both showered off and promptly dumped down the drain. It did smell surprisingly good worn by the bath room sink from day 2 through day 7.

Late update: I am using the standard strength product now. Its synthetic; but, pleasant in its mid to later stages.
16th August 2016
Are you fed up with soft leather fragrances? Have you knelt before the fragrance gods and implored them for a strong LEATHER scent?

Be careful what you ask for, this baby is no joke.
Old school, retro, takes no prisoners............apply if you think you can handle this juggernaut of masculinity!

Leather, then leather, then some more leather and then some spices.

Lasts, projects and turns heads.
This will make you walk a little taller and make you feel good in what ever you endeavor.
16th June 2016
This is definitely what Indiana Jones smelled like.
23rd October 2015
First off I'd like to say that PerfumeCollector hit the nail on the head with the opening. Much like other Pinaud offerings, this one opens strong and settles down pretty quickly. Unlike some other Pinaud's it doesn't have quite the same in-the-bottle-funk that the regular Clubman and Vanilla possess.

The first 5-10 seconds of tree-tarryness settles and sends you on a Quorum-esque roller-coaster ride of green herbs and woods, which after about 20 minutes turns cedary and leathery. I will differ with other reviewers and not blatantly compare this to English Leather, although there are similar notes: the pencil shaving-y cedar is there, but the leather is more of a rugged worn leather than English Leather's bright new leather accord.

I have found, however, that although too much can be applied, too little can be applied as well. This is one that I'd rather err in the side of too much than too little, in my opinion. Applying sparingly gave me hours and hours of the faintest rubbery tree-tar smell.


I want to like it, but it makes me smell like an office meeting room full of middle-aged men at 9:15 a.m. It's potent, and it's a bit mature for my taste. I'd like to think I'd like to be able to pull off the Polo green odor, but I think I like it more from a distance after it's worn off a bit.
8th September 2015